McGehee Land Acquisition

Soaring cliffs and dramatic coastal vistas are preserved with the purchase of 56 acres in Rim Rock Canyon adjacent to Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park.

Acquisition Date: May 2013 | Size of Acquisition: 56 acres | Cost of Acquisition: $1,500,000

Acquisition of the 56-acre McGehee property protects a major portion of spectacularly scenic Rim Rock Canyon, home to a biodiverse range of flora and fauna and some of Laguna Beach’s most picturesque geological formations.

Utilizing a State Coastal Conservancy grant, Laguna Canyon Foundation facilitated purchase of this large wilderness parcel which extends north-south from Temple Hills Drive to Old Top of the World Road and west to Morningside Drive in Rim Rock Canyon. The property was previously proposed for residential estate development. Instead, the land will be owned by the City of Laguna Beach and managed by OC Parks as part of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, whose 4,500 acres of public land and associated trails are contiguous to the property.